February 2017 News

Closings / Events

No Classes - Monday February 20th, 2017 - Presidents Day

Push Sword / Sword Sparring Workshop - February 12, 11am-3pm at Dance Exchange

Yang Tai Chi Applications Workshop a Success!

Sifu Paul Ramos conducted a Yang Tai Chi Application Workshop on Sunday January 15, 2017. The capacity crowd was very enthusiastic as they explored the 8 methods of Tai Chi and many of the variations of which produce all of the postures of the Yang style long form. The 4 hour intensive seemed to fly by as the students paired off and worked several postures/ applications of the energies represented by Ward Off, Roll Back, Press, Push, Pull Down, Split/ Separate, Elbow Stroke, and Shoulder Stroke. These strategies produce all of the 40+ separately named postures of the long Yang set. Before we knew it the 4 hour time schedule was completed. Many positive responses were articulated and several stated that they would return for the Sword intensive this month on February 12th.

Fundamentals of Internal Push Sword and Sword Sparring

Paul Ramos will conduct a 4 hour workshop on the fundamentals of Push Sword and Combat Sword Play on Sunday February 12, 2017.  This intensive will cover fundamentals with much time devoted to free sparring in Push Sword as well as Sword Sparring. Interested individuals should bring a wooden or foam sword, and eye protection is mandatory for those who perform the free sparring for the final portion of training. Although target areas will be limited and we will only sword spar at a light to medium level of impact, groin protection and headgear / chest gear may also be worn during this part of the workshop.

It will take place at The Dance Exchange located at 7117 Maple Avenue. Takoma Park MD 20912. The time frame is 11-3 pm and the cost is $100 pre-reserved/ paid before February 1, 2017 and $120 at the door. Call Paul Ramos at 301-651-3617 to reserve your spot. No experience is necessary although having some sword experience will make learning easier. Bring a snack for the short break which will occur during mid- workshop. Space is limited to the first 12 participants who reserve their spaces.

Year of the Rooster Luncheon

January 28th was the official start of the Chinese New Year observance of Year of the Fire Rooster.  Wu Shen Tao hosted a lunch at Teppanyaki Asian Grill and Supreme Buffet located in Rockville, MD. About 20 teachers and students attended and lively conversations prevailed while everyone enjoyed the massive selection and delectable food offered for the holiday. Below is a short write up for our Rooster friends.

Roosters (born 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2015), are said to be active, amusing, talkative, honest and loyal. They like to be the center of attention and may get irritated if others aren’t listening to them. Their unlucky color is red and their unlucky numbers are 1, 3, and 9. All animal signs need to be careful during their year because there is an over-abundance of their energy which creates imbalances- so be alert.

Inclement Weather Policy - Revisited

We again wish to remind everyone that when Montgomery County schools are closed due to bad weather- we are also closed. Call 301 651-3617 if there are any questions or if the weather clears up and you wish to make sure that classes will not take place. Also remember to stay home and allow yourself time to be well if you are feeling ill.  We like to share information and skill but we do not need to share the flu or other communicable illnesses.

February - Share Health and Wellness Month

We invite all students and friends to spread the gift of health and wellness by inviting friends and family members to come in during the first 2 weeks of January to work out with us as our New Years’ complementary gift for their continued support and hard work. Guests may attend any program and may do so for any available classes between January 2 and January 14th. The referring members will assist in their guests training and it should be fun and informative for all concerned. Contact Paul for any questions and concerns.

Clear Circle Center, Our Location in Gaithersburg

Our second location, the Clear Circle Holistic Training Centeris open at 208 Main St., Kentlands, MD. This studio hosts private and small group classes in Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, Swordplay, and other internal martial art training programs. This location will also be the site for the Martial Arts Professional Training Course. It is the sister school to the Wu Shen Tao Health and Martial Arts Center, teaching some of the same topics but adding more private/ small group and instructor’s training courses.

The Clear Circle Holistic Training Center’s initial two programs:

The first begins with either Tai Chi Chuan, Swordplay, and/or Qigong.  Those wishing to improve the condition and health of their inner as well as outer bodies and minds would benefit the most from this training. All aspects of these arts may be covered.

The second program is a Martial Arts Professional Program aimed at those persons wishing to make martial arts a career or for those wishing to teach in some capacity. This program focuses on knowing the how’s and the why’s of health or martial disciplines, as well as knowing how to effectively market and maintain a viable training center. This program offers various levels of teaching certification ranging from basic one- subject teaching credentials up to opening and running one’s own multi-faceted Health and Martial Arts Center.

If you have questions or require more information, Paul Ramos may be contacted at longmen987@gmail.com or through our web site Taichimartialartsandhealth.com, or, by calling 301-651-3617.

Pants and Shirts In

An order of T-Shirts, Sweatshirts and custom made Kung Fu pants are available. Prices are $20 for T-shirts, $30 for Sweatshirts, and $50 each for the Custom Made Kung Fu pants. Those who pre-ordered pants will receive their items prior to the remaining pants sales. For shirts add $3 for XXL sizes. Tell Paul or an instructor if you need any of these items.

Day Time Class Schedule

Daytime classes take place from 12 noon to 1 PM on Mondays and Thursdays. All subjects taught in the evenings will also be taught at these times.. This schedule will continue through 2017. Watch this news page or check schedule page for updates or changes.

Community Push Hands

Our weekly Community Tai Chi and Push Hands Open workout is alive and well (23 years and counting). We hold the Free Community Workout, 3 blocks away, at the Roda Movement Center which is located at 7014 Westmoreland Avenue (just off Carroll Avenue) in Takoma Park, MD.  It is located just behind the Gazebo located on Carroll Avenue and across from the House of Musical Traditions.  The workout takes place on Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Feel free to contact us at longmen987@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.

Quotes of the Month

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.

-George S. Patton

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

-Benjamin Franklin

Success is a journey; not a destination.

-Ben Sweetland